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How to Pick Your Nursery Theme

When I was pregnant, I spent hours browsing blogs and store websites (Pinterest didn’t exist yet!) to pick a nursery theme. If you’re overwhelmed with the number of choices, here are three tips on picking a great nursery theme:

  1. Start with your favorite colors:  When I found out I was having a boy, I knew that I wanted to feature blue in my nursery, but I knew that I didn’t want primary colors or bright tones in the room. After seeing some notecards with a mod blue and brown pattern, I realized that I loved how pale blue and brown looked together. This color palette goes with a fun jungle or safari theme or with a modern geometric or minimalist theme.
  2. Decide on your overall budget upfront:  It’s easy to blow your budget on designer bedding and expensive furniture…and just one more accessory. My advice is to set your budget BEFORE you start shopping. You don’t want to fall in love with an expensive rug or a crib that costs the same amount as your first car if you cannot afford them. Once you know your budget, filter your search results by price when browsing. Pick the best option in your price range rather than feeling bad about how it compares to the luxury product you saw pictured in a design publication.
  3. Make a photo collage of your top options: Creating a photo collage or online inspiration board makes it easier to create a cohesive look– something that can be tough when buying products from multiple stores. I love using Pinterest to gather ideas for decorating, and I’ve recently become a fan of SunnyBump. Like Pinterest, SunnyBump enables you to create visual collections, but SunnyBump is focused on purchasing — rather than visual inspiration. Since SunnyBump’s users “bump” products rather than articles/ideas, I can easily purchase items I discover there.


Here’s an example of some of my favorite Blue & Brown Nursery Items:

Blue & Brown Nursery Theme by debbiebookstaber via SunnyBump

Blue & Brown Nursery Theme

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Debbie Bookstaber started Mamanista in 2007 with her friend Candace Lindemann. Debbie and Candace also are the co-founders of, which empowers bloggers to become philanthropic leaders in their communities. Through their annual awards, recognizes bloggers who effectively use social media for social good. Debbie lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband and two young sons. She's an active volunteer in her community and a working mom. Debbie is a partner at Element Associates and the Social Media Director at Child's Play Communications. You can follow Debbie on Twitter @buzzmommy or meet her at a future blogging or tech conference, where she frequently speaks about social good efforts, SEO or affiliate marketing.

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